Otter

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English[edit]

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Otter

  1. A river whose source in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset, and which flows into Lyme Bay in English Channel.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old High German otter, from Proto-Germanic *utraz, from Proto-Indo-European *udrós.

Noun[edit]

Otter m ‎(genitive Otters, plural Otter)

  1. otter
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old High German nātara. Originally the same word as Natter ‎(colubrid). The form is based on the common dialectal development -ā--ō- with subsequent irregular shortening. Loss of initial n- is a common development in the Germanic languages and is due to unetymological segmentation of preceding endings or articles, for example: *eine notter, dialectally *en notter*en‿otter. The same happened in Dutch adder and English adder. The German form was spread by Luther.

Noun[edit]

Otter f ‎(genitive Otter, plural Ottern)

  1. adder
  2. viper
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  • At least outside of scientific parlance, this word is chiefly restricted to compound words.
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